If someone was firing 100 rockets a day into any city in America, we would wipe whomever from the face of the Earth in a heartbeat. So, why is there so much issue with Israel doing the exact same thing? The Israelis have a legitimate issue with Hamas and the occupants of the Gaza Strip, so they are finally doing something about it. They have not, as yet, rolled the tanks in and completely leveled the place. They still might and have every right to do so. The world is outraged that they are killing so many people, but it is war and people die.
That is one of the things the news agencies have all forgotten, that war equals lots of dead people. We have become accustomed to quick and clean wars where only soldiers die and civilians are protected from all harm at the cost of more soldiers. This is completely stupid because wars should be painful for the aggressors and their civilian supporters. Governments don't wake up one day and decide against the will of their people to start a war. They wage war with the consent of the populous and if that populous has nothing invested in the war they will continue to support it or like us Americans ignore it. But, if you make the cost of waging war the possibility of losing your life then support quickly evaporates. Yeah, there are lasting effects of decimating a civilian population, but there arealso good examples like Germany and Japan.
Failure to make war painful for the population only causes more wars because if only soldiers die then they will get more soldiers. But, if war is a daily life or death decision, then people have a tendency to not be so quick to rush into war. Israel had endured the rocket strikes long enough, so they figured the cost was worth it and this may be the precursor to much bigger things. They figure now is the time to clean house and their whole population is well aware of the costs. They will have to totally destroy the opposition and that isn't limited to the Gaza Strip. They have to destroy the support for these terrorists by making the cost way more than the return. Iran better watch its back because Israel is on the move.
Israel has played nice up to this point by only killing the terrorist, but life isn't good in the GS and is only going to get worse until the people rise up against the terrorists and throw off the yoke of oppression. Watch and see if the Israel doesn't keep this up until the people of the Strip stop the rockets, sue for peace and Hamas is no more. Let me hear what you think on the matter.